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More Discrimination Alledged Against Tennessee Hotel Owner

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2009

Remember the Brentwood, Tennessee, hotel owner who fired two employees because they were gay? Well since those stories came to light, more employees have come forward alleging discrimination based on gender and national origin, in addition to sexual orientation:

We were spoken down to,” former food and beverage manager Freda McAllister said. I guess in [the owner’s] particular culture, women are second, so that was obvious from the treatment we got over there.”

“[We were told] we ‘didn’t know how to run businesses,’ and we should do things more like they do in India,” added Tamara Head, former controller.

Former front office manager Timothy Horne said that he was treated badly partly because of his young age and also because he was gay, a charge echoed by former hotel supervisor Sergeo Lleneza.

Federal law protects workers from discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin and disability. It does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. While David Hill, one of the two gay employees who were fired, has filed complaints with the EEOC and the Department of Labor, those complaints aren’t likely to go anywhere.

But there does seem to be a modicum of justice in all this. Hotel owner Tarun Surti and his hotel are reportedly bankrupt.



January 14th, 2009 | LINK

Good, I hope that hotel owner gets some charges of discrimination, even if they can’t pin him for sexual orientation.

Timothy (TRiG)
January 15th, 2009 | LINK

I’ve never understood why anti-discrimination laws have set grounds. Surely any form of discrimination which is not relevant to the job at hand is wrong.

It is wrong to discriminate on the grounds of looks, unless you’re running a modeling agency.

It is wrong to discriminate on the grounds of height, unless you’re staffing a submarine.

It is wrong to discriminate on the grounds of race, unless you’re the casting director for To Kill a Mockingbird.

It is wrong to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality unless you’re … doing what? Operating a brothel? I find it hard to think of any situation where sexuality is a relevant, and hence legitimate, basis for discrimination.


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